Please call (608.829.1969) or email our education coordinator at for teacher availability. Lessons take place in private studios at Heid Music in Madison.


Jeff D., Piano (not currently accepting new students)
Since beginning his professional teaching career in 1998, Jeff has worked with a wide range of music students in various capacities, including 5th grade beginning music lessons at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 9-12th grade lessons as the band director at Port Washington High School, first-year college aural skills as a visiting lecturer at UW-Whitewater, and graduate-level form and analysis as an associate lecturer at UW-Madison.
Jeff is especially interested in the history and theory of 19th and 20th century music. After completing a Ph.D. in Music Theory at the UW-Madison, he published articles on theories of orchestration in Theoria (2012), Organized Sound (2013), the Journal of Music Theory (2013), and Music Theory Spectrum (2014). He has also contributed articles to Best Music for Young Band (2005), an anthology of beginning band music.
Jeff currently performs with the Madison Chamber Choir, the Madison Brass Band, and the Madison Area Community Orchestra. He draws particular musical inspiration from his 11 year-old, 8 year-old, and 6 year-old sons’ curiosities about musical craftsmanship and performance.

Jim_Erickson-Sept_23_2013-12Jim E., Piano (not currently accepting new students)
"Jim Erickson is proof, if any is needed, that there are major jazz talents performing in the United States outside of New York, Chicago, New Orleans and the West Coast..." - Scott Yanow - Jazz Author/Reviewer February, 2012. Besides being a Madison-based professional, Jim has performed internationally, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and venues throughout the USA. He is also an award-winning composer in local, regional and national advertising markets.

As a teacher, Jim brings his education, experience and passion for music to connect with students at their own individual levels. Learning to play by reading music notation AND "by ear" is basic to Jim's philosophy. Playing piano is as much a kinetic activity as anything athletic. Jim focuses on strength development, breathing and relaxation to meet the physical requirements of performing. He has two degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a bachelors in jazz piano performance and masters in classical piano performance.